Guest post from Jeri Lynn Repp
It is that time again! Time for me to share with you another treasured one time purchase that I have been able to use extensively and multiply for years. That is correct! Purchase once…Use over and over and over…It lasts for YEARS! This gem of a plant can help you miraculously add charm to your home’s decor without breaking your budget!
What is this gem that I use to stylishly “go green” while decorating in my home? Ivy! Ivy growing in pots here and there makes any house a little “homier.” There is just something about a thriving plant that adds life to any room of the house. I have tried many indoor house plants, and Ivy is by far the easiest plant to maintain. It effortlessly adds charm and cleans the air at the same time.
Over two years ago my family moved into a new home. Because indoor house plants can purify the air, I wanted to add some to my new home. I purchased 4 inch pots of two different ivy plants, one has small leaves and one has large leaves. I potted these and added a water globe to each. My ivy plants have thrived in spite of my neglect. I have been able to multiply these plants many times over.
Now it is time for my confession. Ivy is not the only houseplants I purchased for my new home on that day, but it is the only one still living. That is right, I killed all the other houseplants purchased at that time. Since then I have learned to read the labels BEFORE I take home a new plant. Plants are categorized as delicate, tolerant, resilient. I now go for resilient. I avoid delicate plants at all costs! Maybe if you have a green thumb dedicates will grow for you. I do not! I need simple!
Ivy is simple. It is grows easy in any well-lit room. One caution. Do not over water. An Ivy can survive for a while in dry soil but does not like wet roots. I simply fill my water globes once a week as part of my weekly cleaning routine. They grow and look nice! Twice a year I will buy plant fertilizing sticks and poke them right into the pots of Ivy. That is it!
When Ivy begins to become overgrown or gets too big for its space, just make a new plant. To multiply your Ivy simply cut a piece 5-15 inches long. Remove all leaves from the lower half of the cutting, and place into water. Be careful not to let the leaves touch the water. In a couple of weeks you will see roots. Pot your new Ivy. Simple!
Changing the color of the stone can change the entire look to fit any decor. These small greenery can be used as a centerpiece on the dining table. They can be placed in the bathroom, on a bedside table, as part of a tablescape. Endless possibilities!
Teacher appreciation coming up? Add an apple with “A+ teacher” in your pot of Ivy. Valentines Day? Add some hearts and a love note. Easter? Place your Ivy in a basket and add a bunny or a cross. Do you have a friend in need of encouragement? Add an uplifting scripture and bring them a pot filled with hope! My favorite occasion to gift an Ivy is a housewarming party.
Ivy trained to grow vertically is, in my opinion, the best of all. My husband made me some quick trellises from scrap cedar wood. My welcome Ivy grows on one that is about 30 inches high and 7 inches wide. That means all you need is two 30 inch pieces of wood and three 7 inch pieces of wood. Hubby nailed mine, but they can be tied together or even hot glued.
For smaller ivy’s as mini gifts or in mini pots, I have made trellises from wooden barbecue skewers. I use 2 whole skewers for the vertical sides and then snap one in half for the horizontal pieces. Once again the corners can be tied with rope, wire, or twine. A handy-dandy hot glue gun will work for the corners as well.
For vertical interest I have grown Ivy on a tower made of circled chicken wire, bamboo stakes, and even a yard stick. Which may be an interesting home school project. How fast does Ivy grow? It would be easy to record if it is growing up that yard stick.
In case you missed it, earlier in the week I shared about my cherished Chocolate Mint: Good for more than just tea! Come back soon to hear about another one of my treasured plants. This next one is good for cooking and adding some “mmm mmm” to your meals! Until then, I would love to hear your thoughts!
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